Easter Bunny to Make Annual Visit April 12-20 at Cincy Bass Pro Shops

Easter Event 2014

The Easter Bunny will be making his annual visit to Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops April 12 to 20, 2014. Free Picture opportunities, kids crafts and Easter Egg Hunts are all part of the event this year.

FREE Easter Bunny photos will be:

Saturdays and Sundays (4/12-13 & 4/19-20) from 11am to 4pm

Monday thru Thursday (4/14 to 4/17) 6pm to 8pm

Good Friday (4/18) 2pm to 7pm

The Free Kids’ Craft will be:

Saturdays and Sundays (4/12-13 & 4/19-20) from 1pm to 4pm

Good Friday (4/18) 4pm to 7pm

Easter Egg Hunts will be held:

Saturdays and Sundays (4/12-13 & 4/19-20) from 2pm to 3pm. All Easter Egg Hunt participants must check in at the entry table to get the information on the hunt.

For this and other information on Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops Events please visit our website


How To Modify a Jig and a Trailer

Learn how to modify a jig and trailer with these easy tips !!


KVD Signature Series XPS Fluorcarbon Fishing Line

Check out the new KVD Signature Series XPS Fluorcarbon Fishing Line at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops today !!


Tracker 1860CC Sportsman Utility Boat at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

This is great for bowhunters, but can have many applications, check it out !!! For more information go to 1860 CC Sportsman


Tying a Fly For Big Bass and Trout


Can Fish Hear Sonar


Insider Trick For Rigging A Tube

Check out this great way to rig a tube! It will allow your to avoid snags while still getting a great action on your bait.


Selectin' The Line


Think Spring With the New Under Armour Hook Logo T Shirt

Under Armour Hook T

This ridiculously cold weather and plummeting wind chills have us all longing for spring flowers and fish biting. Let’s try to get the warm thoughts flowing by checking out our new Under Armour Men’s Fish Hook Logo T-shirt.

The unmistakable Under Armour logo is created with  barbed“fish hooks”, giving this shirt a sharp look for any season. Other features include Charged Cotton construction, HeatGear moisture transport that wicks sweat away from your skin, and ArmourBlock anti-odor technology. Made of 60/40 polyester/cotton.

Available colors include Neptune, TreeFrog, Feldspar, Blu-Away, Chamomile, Black, Gray Heather and White. Sizes S-3XL.


The Why & How of Using a Slip Bobber


2014 Spring Fishing Classic at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

2014 Spring Fishing Classic

The 2014 Spring Fishing Classic is full of great FREE activities for the whole family, and it will kick off this year on Friday February 28th with our reel trade-in. Bring in a used reel and trade it in for a discount on a new reel from the 28th until March 5th. We will, in turn, donate these trade-ins to local organizations in need of fishing equipment. From March 7th to 11th we will have the same offer for your used rods.

We will also have a sweepstakes that will start on Friday that will give you the chance to win a 2104 Nitro Z7 and a chance to fish with Elite Series Angler Edwin Evers, and this sweepstakes will run from the 28th through March 16th.

We will also have our National Pro Staff members in on Friday night giving FREE seminars and meeting and greeting our customers. At 7pm, Mark Brumbaugh, National Walleye Tour Angler/9-Time Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) Champion will be here to talk about Lake Erie Walleye Fishing. At 8pm, we will welcome Dave Mercer, Host of “Facts of Fishing” TY Show, and Bassmaster Elite Series Emcee who will be giving you the “Facts of Fishing”

The weekend of March 7-9 will bring members of our Pro Staff and local professionals and experts to give a host of FREE workshops. The first 25 people to attend each seminar Saturday and Sunday will receive a Free Fishing Classic Mug (must be 18 or older). Here is the weekend schedule:

Friday March 7

7pm – Flipping and Pitching For Bass

Saturday March 8

11am – Locating Bass In New Waters

1pm – Topwater Techniques for Bass

2pm – Spinning Reel Tactics For Bass

3pm – Does the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter?

4pm – Become a Smallmouth Specialist

5pm – Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass

Sunday March 9

11am – Locating Bass In New Waters

1pm – Topwater Techniques for Bass

2pm – Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass

3pm – Does the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter?

4pm – Become a Smallmouth Specialist

5pm – Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass

The last weekend March 15/16 will be our Next Generation Weekend for the kids, with an added twist of a Women’s Fishing Workshop as well. Here are the Next Generation events we have on tap:

Noon to 5pm: Catch and Release Pond and Free Photo Opportunity – Both Saturday and Sunday

1pm to 4:30pm – Free Wood Fish Craft Magnet – Both Saturday and Sunday

2:30 & 4:30 pm – “Thinking Like a Fish” Kids Workshops – both Saturday and Sunday

3pm – Women’s Beginning Fishing Workshop – Saturday only 

The first 150 kids each day to participate in our activities will receive a free Bass Pro Shops Tackle Box. The first 50 women to attend our Women’s Workshop will receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Mug



Inaugural Crappie Madness at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

Crappie Madness

Shake these cold winter blues by coming to the store for our inaugural Crappie Madness event to be held Feb. 7th/8th and 14th/15th. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn how to find and catch the big crappie in our area, kids can catch a fish and everyone can get a FREE picture holding a giant crappie.

Pro Crappie Seminars: the 1st 25 people to attend each seminar will receive a Bass Pro Shops logo stainless steel mug

Friday February 7: 7pm - Michael Walters

Saturday February 8: 11am and 2pm - Michael Walters

Friday February 14: 7pm - Russ Bailey

Saturday February 15: 11am and 2pm - Russ Bailey

Catch and Release Pond:

Saturday February 8: 1pm to 5pm

Free Photo Download Opportunity:

Friday February 7: 5pm to 8pm

Saturday February 8: 12pm to 6pm

Friday February 14: 5pm to 8pm

Saturday February 15: 12pm to 6pm

Fried Fish Sampling:

Saturday February 8: 2pm to 5pm

Saturday February 15: 2pm to 5pm


Customers who attend the advertised seminars may enter for a chance to win a Crappie Rigged 2014 Tracker Pro Team 175 TF boat


How To Tie A Palomar Knot - Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

Here is a strong but simple knot to use fishing as well as other practical uses.



2014 Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show - February 1, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show 

Buckeye United Fly Fishers will host the annual 
Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show 
Saturday, February 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

At our great venue in Northeast Cincinnati 

Oasis Conference Center 
902 Loveland-Miamiville Road 
Loveland, OH


The Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show is sponsored by Buckeye United Fly Fishers and presented annually to promote the sport of fly 
fishing and outdoor recreation. It is a great opportunity for everyone from novice to experienced fly fisher to learn about fly fishing 
techniques, resources, gear, and places to fish. Buckeye United Fly Fishers is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fly fishing, 
stream and wetlands conservation, and education. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday each month at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio. 
Check us out at www.buckeyeflyfishers.com or at our show booth. 
  • Admission $10 per person at the door
  • Scouts in uniform - FREE
  • Kids 12 and under - FREE
  • Parking at the Conference Center - FREE
  • Over 21,000 sq ft of exhibition, demonstration, and presentation space
  • Something for all fly fishers - from beginner to advanced
  • Over 75 exhibitors - vendors, fly tiers, DNR booths, and others
  • Educational fly fishing speakers
  • Casting Pond - instructions and/or try out a rod from one of the vendors
  • Fly tying demonstrations with a special kids tying area
  • Kids area with fun things to see and do
  • Boy Scouts - work on your Fly Fishing Merit Badge in the Scout Room
  • Fishing guides and fishing lodge representatives
  • Canoes, kayaks, pontoons, and other watercraft
  • Raffles and door prizes
  • Expanded snack bar - sandwiches and drinks

Presentations Schedule


A. K. Best – “Fishing With Too Much Water” (Main
Presentation Room)

Mike Schmidt – Fly Tying Demonstration (Tying
Presentation Room)

BUFF Instructors – Casting Demonstrations and
Instruction (Casting Pond)


Dane Law – “Trout Fishing the Southern
Appalachians and Beyond” (Main Presentation

A. K. Best –Fly Tying Demonstration – New Quill
Body Material, Duns & Spinners (Tying
Presentation Room)

Dave Leonhard – Casting Demos (Casting Pond)

Frank Willetts – “Steelhead vs. Trout” (Main
Presentation Room)

Glenn Weisner – Fly Tying Demonstration (Tying
Presentation Room)

Kevin Howell – Casting Demo (Casting Pond)


A. K. Best – “Fishing With Little Water” (Main
Presentation Room)

Kevin Compton – Fly Tying Demonstration (Tying
Presentation Room)


Jon Ray - “Smallmouth On The Fly” (Main
Presentation Room)

A. K. Best – Fly Tying Demonstration – Tying with
Biots and Caddis Flies (Tying Presentation Room)

Dave Leonhard – Casting Demos (Casting Pond)


Jerry Darkes – “New Fly Fishing Gear For The
Coming Year” (Main Presentation Room)

Exhibits, Presentations, and Demonstrations
Exhibits – Check out the many exhibits, 
including vendors displaying their latest gear, 
guides and outfitters, lodges, and more. 
Fly Tying– observe and talk to some of the 
region’s best fly tiers as they exhibit their tying 
At The Bench – fly tying demonstrations from 
world class tiers in the Tying Presentation Room. 
Symposiums – see presentations by experts 
throughout the day in the Main Presentation 
Kid’s Corner – free fun activities with a fly 
fishing connection: fish prints, trout aquarium, 
coloring pages, fly tying and more. 
Casting Pond – fly casting demonstrations and 
instruction featuring: 
Dave Leonhard, Master Certified Casting 
Instructor and owner of Orvis Streamside in 
Traverse City, MI, and 
Kevin Howell, FFF Certified Casting 
Instructor and owner of Davidson River 
Outfitters, Brevard, NC. 
Plus the opportunity to “try out” rods for sale at 
the show. 
Information Booths – featuring Casting for 
Recovery, Project Healing Waters, 
environmental groups, and more. 
Refreshments – good things to eat and drink at 
the Oasis concession stand. 
Boy Scouts – work on your Fly Fishing Merit 
Badge in our Scout Merit Badge Room. 


A. K. Best is one of the most respected names in fly fishing and tying. His many magazine articles over the years have provided helpful knowledge for both beginner and accomplished tiers and anglers. He’s also known for his excellent fly fishing and tying books. A. K. has a superior tying talent that makes him a master-class tier. 

Dane Law is the owner and a guide with Southeastern Anglers, a drift boat guide service on the TVA tailwaters of North Georgia, Tennessee, and south central Kentucky. He has led mountain trout trips in the 
Cherokee National Forest since 1999. 
Glenn Weisner, owner of Glenn River Fly Co., often can be found fishing for trout on the streams of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. He enjoys tying most all trout flies, especially Terrestrials. Glenn is a great instructor and enjoys working with all skill levels and age groups. 
Frank Willetts is owner/operator of the Pere Marquette River Lodge in Baldwin, MI, the only Orvis Endorsed Lodging Outfitter Guide Service in the Midwest. Frank has been fishing and guiding on the Pere Marquette and other local rivers since his college days. 
Mike Schmidt, owner of Angler’s Choice Flies, ties standard patterns as well as new and innovative custom patterns. Throughout the year, Mike teaches fly tying and fishing techniques at clubs and retail locations around the Midwest and spends the winter months traveling to present at fly fishing shows around the country. 
Jon Ray, of Hawkins Outfitters, has been guiding anglers in Michigan for 12 years. Jon loves chasing trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, and musky with streamers, using single or two-handed rods and a variety of techniques. 
Kevin Compton, owner of Performance Flies, Cleveland, is a commercial tier, author, speaker, tying instructor, and fly designer. He specializes in patterns for the steelhead fisheries of Ohio and Michigan and trout in Pennsylvania. He has competed in tyingcompetitions in the U.S. and World Championships in Portugal. Kevin’s flies have been featured in numerous magazines. 
Jerry Darkes is a fly tackle sales rep, instructor/guide and writer based in northern Ohio. He is recognized as an expert on Great Lakes steelhead and warm water fly fishing and has created a series of instructional DVDs on Great Lakes steelhead. 

Smokin' Side Dishes: Veggies

Alright my smokin’ friends, here is a quick and easy way to add some good-for-you sides dishes next time you get Old Smoky out for some backyard yumminess. Veggies with some flavor added, smoked up and a little bit of bacon thrown in Smoked Bacon Wrapped Asparagusfor good measure…

So it’s January, and my clothes once again shrunk considerably in my closet. Damnedest phenomena that happens every winter that leaves me with two choices. Buy bigger clothes, or start exercising and eating a little healthier. Since it’s cheaper for me to dust off the treadmill that has served as a clothes collector lately, and I can get vegetables cheaper than new threads, I decided the healthy way is maybe not as easy, but better for me in the long run.

So I ventured off to Jungle Jim’s for some of the best veggies around (for those of you not from the Cincinnati Area, do yourself a favor and click on the link to Jungle Jim’s…it’s an amazing place). After perusing the aisles, and being serenaded by the singing Elvis Lion, I decided today to show you how to smoke asparagus, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.Smoked Brussels Sprouts

Prep for these is pretty simple. Get yourself a one gallon resealable bag, some olive oil, minced garlic, and spices of your choice. I chose parsley, salt and some A-1 Cracked Peppercorn Rub I had left over from a smoking adventure last fall. It added a great peppery taste to the veggies. Cut a couple inches off of the asparagus stalks (unless you enjoy the chewy, stringy part J), separate the broccoli florets from the stalks (I actually then peeled the stalks and chopped them up and smoked them too) and cut the stalks from the Brussels sprouts right up to the leafy part. If you want an even smokier, quicker dish, you can chop the sprouts in half, I find that you lose more of the leaves that way, but either way will work. Place the veggies in your resealable bag, add the oil, garlic and spices, close the bag and shake vigorously. Make sure that all of the veggies get covered, add extra oil if necessary. Throw these bags in your fridge for a few hours.

Fire up your smoker until your chips start smoking, don’t forget to add some liquid to your tray (apple juice, flavored beers, apple flavored cider, etc.). Coat the racks with oil; I used the silicon mat shown here for the broccoli because some were smaller. 

Silicon mat for smoker

Smoked Broccoli



Shake up the bags real good one more time and place the broccoli and the sprouts on the racks. For some added flavor and fun I made the asparagus stalks in to bundles of 6 and wrapped them in bacon, leaving the tops and bottom exposed.

Smoke these little slices of heaven for around 3 minutes at 225 degrees; they will be just slightly crunchy but done at this point. For softer veggies, cook another 15-30 minutes. I served these with my Smoked Cajun Swai Fillets from an earlier post. Man they turned out good, how could something that good for you taste so good. Oh well, can’t complain about that; treadmill here I come !!!



Concealed Carry Class Jan. 25-26 at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

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We will be hosting a Concealed Carry Class on January 25th and 26th, 2014. This class will be conducted by NRA Certified Instructors. The class times are:

Saturday January 25th from 9:30 - 7:30: Classroom instruction in our conference room.

Sunday January 26th from 9:00am to 12:00 pm - Qualification shooting at a local private range.

You do not have to have your own handgun to qualify, loaners will be available, but you will be required to supply your own ammunition. Cost of the class is $110. Please call 513-826-5200 to register and if you have any questions. Class size is limited.


Smokin' In Cincy : Smoked Cajun Swai Fillets

Cincy Smokin’ Guy here again, bringing you my first venture into the backyard in 2014 to cook up something yummy. The “deep-freeze of ‘14” set me back here for a few days, but I was able to dig out the smoker and get busy last night. In spite a dusting of wet snow and my first venture into smoking fish, we were able to come up with a seriously tasty treat !!  Here’s how it went:

Just ahead of the “freeze-in”, I was able to dodge all of the folks hording all the milk and toilet paper they could jam in their carts and found some frozen swai fillets on sale at Kroger’s. If you have never heard of swai, don’t feel bad; until last summer I didn’t know what it was either. It’s an Asian/Taiwanese catfish, sometimes called Basa, and it’s cheaper than our catfish here. In fact, doing some research I found that many restaurants use this in place of catfish on their menu because it’s less expensive. It doesn’t have much of a fishy taste, which made it perfect for smoking.

So, I have my swai, thawed it out in the fridge, and decided that the weather was not going to stop me from trying to make a delicious smoky morsel out of this fish. Brined the fish for about an hour then I fired up the smoker. I only had Apple Chips and Apple Juice at the house, so apple flavored smoke it was !!

While the smoker was heating, I got the racks ready by applying cooking oil to the grates. I use a butter spray, but it doesn’t matter what you use as long as you make it so the fish doesn’t stick to the rack. I also use my stove top as a prep table, so I put old newspaper down which is easily thrown away and keeps the mess to a minimum. I then placed the fillets skin side down and lightly brushed olive oil on each fillet then lightly sprinkled Old Bay fish seasoning to that side. Flipped the fillets over and after brushing olive oil on that side I generously applied a Cajun-based rub and let the fish sit until the smoker was ready.

Smoked Swai Prep

I had 9 small fillets, so I used the top two racks and set the smoker for 225 degrees. I checked on them at around 40 minutes and they weren’t quite done (internal temperature was at 135 and the fillets weren’t “flaky” yet”. Checked back at about 1 hour and they looked perfect, internal temp was between 145 and 150, so I got them out of there. They turned out amazing !!! You definitely want to try this one soon.

 Smoked Swai


Swai fillets, thawed

Brine: 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. minced garlic, 1 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/2 gallon water - place all in pot and bring to a boil, let cool (or add ice to speed up the process) and pour over fillets, adding water if needed until they are completely submerged

Cajun Seasoning: 3/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup ground cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp. ground white pepper, 2 tbsp. ground black pepper, 2 tbsp. paprika, 2 tbsp. onion powder, 2 tbsp. garlic powder - mix all in jar or bowl

Old Bay Seasoning

Olive Oil

Oil or spray oil for racks

Apple wood chips

Apple juice


Santa's Yuleblog #3: The Siege by Streamlight

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Hey folks, the jolly old fat man here again to give you a great gift tip for Christmas this year. This will appeal to those that like to camp, chill out on the back porch, even those who are "prepping" for the next Zombie Apocalypse. Check it out...




Enjoy 360° of soft, even The Siegelighting from a rugged, cordless lantern with the Siege 3D LED Lantern from Streamlight. Powered by 4 powerful C4® white LEDs, the Siege provides up to 300 lumens of light on high setting (165 lumens on medium and 35 lumens on low). Versatile lantern also features one 10 lumen red LED for better night vision and a flash SOS setting for emergencies. The glare-reducing polycarbonate cover softens and distributes the lantern's light evenly, and comes off to light large areas. Ergonomic handle locks in upright or stowed position for easy handling.  Incorporated hook in handle and D-rings on top and bottom of lantern make hanging easier. The Siege's recessed power button prevents accidental activation and sports a battery level indicator that uses color to show battery life. Featuring durable polymer construction, this lantern meets IPX7 standards for waterproof protection.  Its rubber molded base provides a stable and slip resistant anchor. Uses 3 D batteries (not included). Runs up to 30 hours on high, 60 hours on medium, and 130 hours on low. 7.25" tall. Weight: 1 lb. 15 oz. (with batteries). Manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.  

  • 360° of soft, even lighting for large areas
  • 4 powerful C4® white LEDs deliver up to 300 lumens
  • 1 red LED (10 lumens) for better night vision
  • 3 brightness settings (high, medium, and low) and flash SOS setting
  • Glare-reducing polycarbonate cover comes off to light large areas
  • Ergonomic handle locks in upright or stowed position
  • Incorporated hook in handle and D-rings on top and bottom of lantern for easy hanging
  • Battery level indicator - uses color to show battery life
  • Durable, waterproof polymer construction
  • Rubber molded base - stable and slip resistant
  • Recessed power button prevents accidental activation

Yellow Ribbon Support Group

Yellow Ribbon Support CenterMatt Maupin




The Yellow Ribbon Support Center is a non-profit organization that has sent over 21,000 packages to our troops serving in harms way since August, 2004.

      The Yellow Ribbon Support Center was founded by the parents of SSG Keith “Matt” Maupin after he was captured by insurgents in Iraq on April, 9th 2004, to keep his face in the conscience of those most able to find him, his brothers and sisters in arms. Care packages, plastered with Matt's picture, were sent to soldiers in hopes that someone somewhere might have information about his whereabouts. The community grew and the need for some of the basic necessities for our troops became apparent. While focus never wavered from finding Matt, the Yellow Ribbon Support Center was soon sending packages to any soldier's unit whose family supplied the center with an address.

      Matt’s remains were recovered in March 2008 and returned to his family. We continue sending packages, because we owe a great debt to those men and women who wear the uniform of our great country. As long as men and women are placed in harm's way to defend our liberties and basic human rights, there is a purpose for the Yellow Ribbon Support Center.

Yellow Ribbon Support Center Link


Super Saturday/Super Sunday Event at Cincy Bass Pro Shops

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Super Saturday and Super Sunday Event is back again this year and even bigger and better !! More great free giveaways and chances to win some great prizes the weekend of November 30th and December 1st.

The first 100 customers to visit our prize table on Satuday will get a FREE Bass Pro Shops Knife. On Sunday, the first 100 customers will receive a 3-pack Cotton Cordell Bait package

Registration for drawings will begin at 9:00am on Saturday. We will give away two prizes each hour on the half-hour, and you will not be required to be present to win. At the end of the drawings on Saturday the box will be emptied, you must register again on Sunday for a chance to win those prizes. One entry per customer per day.

Saturday’s Drawing Times and Prizes:

10:30am – Buck Folding Knife / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

11:30am – Strike King KVD Square Bill Kit / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

12:30pm – Therma Cell Heated Rechargeable Insoles / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

1:30pm – Columbia Omni-Heat Base Layer / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

2:30pm – Original Muck Boots, Wetland / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

3:30pm – SOG Seal Pup Fixed Blade Knife / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

4:30pm – Costa Tuna Alley 580P Polarized Sunglasses / $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

5:30pm - $500 Prepaid Debit Card / $200 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card


Sunday’s Drawing Times and Prizes

10:30am – Duck Commander Plug & Play Video Game / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

11:30am – Rapala Birch & Salmon Collector Fillet Knife / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

12:30pm – Plano KVD 3600 Tackle Bag / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

1:30pm – Mitchell 300 Limited Edition Spinning Reel / $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

2:30pm – Oculus 5.0 10x42 Binoculars / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

3:30pm – Danner High-Ground 8” 1000G Hunting Boots / $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

4:30pm – Oakley King’s Camo Gas Can Sunglasses / $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

5:30pm – GoPro Hero 3+ / $200 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card